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“The Ocean Race” by D’Alì and Sericano, winners of the Navy Pink Ribbon Veloce (1492 non-stop miles from Venice to Genoa), on arrival in Genoa

Competitive offshore sailing does not stop even in late fall. Eight heroic two-person crews circumnavigated Italy from Venice to Genoa for a total of 1,492 miles aboard boats all the same, Beneteau Figaro 3s of just over 10 meters equipped with foils. Of the eight crews three were entirely female, only five completed the Navy Pink Ribbon Veloce course, proving that this is a very tough regatta/marathon.

Pink Ribbon Fast – Two super sailors won.

Victory in the Marina Militare Nastrorosa “the Fast” regatta was won by the Figaro 3 “The Ocean Race” where the crew consisted of two super sailors who completed the 1,500 miles in 9 days and just over 20 hours.

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Pietro D’Alì (left) and Matteo Sericano at the finish of the regatta

The first aboard the winning boat is Pietro D’Alì a great expert in this type of boat and in doubles racing with a killer resume: a Whitbread (former Volvo Ocean Race), two America’s Cups with Luna Rossa and the Olympics. The second is Matteo Sericano, a Ligurian like D’Alì, also an expert in solo racing and for years on the team of Alberto Bona, who these days is engaged in the Route du Rhum with the Class 40 IBSA(find Bona’s story here).

Pink Ribbon Fast – Some people couldn’t take it anymore

Tough regatta, not only because of its length. While battling for the top positions, there are those who did not make it and dropped out. Like the boat in Uruguay’s colors “Sanfer” (Waksman-Ferrelech), which retired yesterday about 100 miles from the finish line while in second position, after the crew had exhausted every physical and psychological resource.

Sanfer is sheltered in Cecina after the crew was unable to close their eyes for three consecutive days due to the adverse conditions, draining every drop of residual energy due to constant sail changes.

Pink Ribbon Fast – Women dominate the maxi regatta

In second place in this Mediterranean marathon came “Mexedia” with two tough sailors, Cecilia Zorzi and Alina Bauzà, on board.

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Cecilia Zorzi and Alina Bauzà

Zorzi, from Trentino (like Olympic gold medalist Ruggero Tita), 28, is one of Italy’s strongest multi-purpose sailors. Cecilia is a true Figaro 3 specialist to the point of winning this year’s World Championship in her category. That the women in this regatta were tougher than the men is evidenced by the ranking where three female crews took 2nd/3rd and 4th places leaving the men with 1st and 5th places with the three retreatants were all male doubles.

Pietro D’Alì explains how he won

Crossing Italy by regatta is not easy in November, as winner Pietro D’Alì testified: “Already last year I had fallen in love with this regatta, which hides considerable tactical pitfalls and very challenging weather conditions at times, and I promised myself that I would come back to win it: thanks to the support of Matteo Sericano, who started racing with me when he was thirteen years old, we succeeded and it is a great moment of joy for us.

Navy Pink Ribbon Fast 2022 – the departure in Venice

The highlights of our participation were diverse, and singling out one to be preferred over the others is difficult: certainly, both the Gulf of Gaeta and the approach to Elba were important phases of the regatta, or much more simply are the most recent and vivid memories of a great adventure that lasted ten days“.

The ranking of the Navy Nastrorosa Tour “The Fast”

  1. Pietro D’Alì and Matteo Sericano – The Ocean Race – 9 days 20 hrs 23 mins 4 secs
  2. Cecilia Zorzi and Aina Bauzà – Mexedia – 10 days 4 hrs 27 mins 52 secs.
  3. Maggie Adamson and Finlayson Calanach – Marina St. Helena – 10 days 7 hrs 55 mins 12 secs.
  4. Lisa Berger and Alex Laline – Algeco – 10 days 11 hrs 29 mins 9 secs.
  5. Francesco Renella and Giacomo Nicchitta – World Cargo – 10 days 19 hrs 4 mins 24 secs

Three boats withdrew.

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